The 114 meter long, 6802 dwt tanker Mar Cristina suffered an explosion while moored at Sandefjord, Norway. The explosion occurred in the forward section of the tanker while it was loading a cargo of sludge. The Mar Cristina suffered damage to it’s deck and hull. No reports of injuries, but one crewman was taken to hospital to be checked out. An investigation into the cause of the explosion is being conducted.
The 169 meter long, 22,318 dwt freighter Le Tai suffered a fire in it’s hold while moored at the Rhenus Terminal at Rotterdam, Netherlands. The fire broke out in the hold which contained a cargo of aluminum releasing dense smoke. The crew contacted the local fire rescue who were able to extinguish the blaze quickly. Reports state the cargo was removed from the hold to allow for inspection. No reports of injuries.
The 162 meter long inland freighter Niedersachsen 2 collided with the barge Forelle while on the Elbe River. The Forelle, with a cargo of sediment, went off course and veered directly in front of the bow of the Niderersachsen 2. The collision ripped an air tank off the Forelle allowing the barge to quickly fill with water. The two crew on the Forelle were rescued as the barge capsized and grounded on a nearby groin field. No reports of injury. Powerful pumps were brought to the scene to raise the Forelle which will be towed to Hitzler Werft, Lauenburg, Germany.